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In response to prior year NDAAs, the DCMA formed the Commercial Item Group (CIG) in 2016 to satisfy congressional intent. One of the primary purposes of the CIG is to scrutinize and evaluate the Commercial Item Determinations (CID) generated by contractors.  

Many contractors believe determining a product or service as a commercial item was as simple as checking a box on a form and filing it away. However, the DMCA and its CIG analysts have an ever-increasing focus on the “adequacy” of the supporting CID documentation. 

As a contractor in today’s environment, if you fail to adequately analyze and support your CIDs, you may be determined to have a significant deficiency in your CID process and practice which could lead to a disapproved purchasing system and trigger additional audits of your business systems.

This course will provide attendees with a detailed understanding of the CID process and our experts will help advise attendees on the most successful strategies, methodologies, and lessons learned to assist in bulletproofing your CIDs.

What you will learn:
  • How to determine a product or service is a commercial item
  • Understand the supporting documentation for commercial item classification
  • How to avoid deficiencies in CID
  • Properly documenting commercial item practices
  • Developing adequate analysis supporting your claim
No upcoming dates/locations at this time
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Hilton Head, SC and Orlando, FL
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
All Other Locations
Overview of “Commercial Items”
  • Including Statutory and Regulatory Framework and Preference for Acquiring Commercial Items
Benefits of Commercial Item Acquisitions
  • Exemptions & Flow Downs
“Commercial Items” Defined
  • Understanding the intricacies of the FAR 2.101 Commercial Item definition
  • “Commercial Item” vs. “COTS”
Exploration of the DCMA Commercial Item Group
  • Who, what, why, when and how to satisfy their expectations?
  • Understanding where commerciality determinations and price analysis intersect
  • Industry-Wide Challenges in Commercial Item Determinations
Commercial Item Determinations in the Contractor Purchasing System Review 
  • Including exploring recent commercial item-related findings communicated by DCMA to your industry peers
Generating Effective Commercial Item Determinations 
  • Regulated requirements and unregulated expectations
  • Best Practices in Supporting “Commerciality” Determinations/Assertions
  • Mitigating Risk in your Commerciality Determinations
  • Commercial Item Determination Case Studies
Overview of Pending Legislative and Regulatory Changes Affecting Commercial Items
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Certificates of Completion are provided to all seminar participants who attend Federal Publications Seminars courses following the event, upon request.
CPE: Continuing Professional Education
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
Delivery Method: Group-Live Classroom
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CPE Hours
This program is eligible for: 6 (CPE) hours of credit
Program Level: n/a
Program Prerequisite: n/a
Advance Preparation: n/a
Method: n/a
CLP: Continuous Learning Points
Approved for CLP by Defense Acquisition University
Defense Acquisition Workforce members must acquire 80 Continuous Learning Points (CLP) every two years from the date of entry into the acquisition workforce for as long as the member remains in an acquisition position per DoD Instruction 5000.66. We will provide you with documentation of points awarded for completing the event.
CLP Hours
This program is eligible for: 6 (CLP) hours of credit
CLE: Continuing Legal Education
States have widely varying regulations regarding MCLE credit. LegalEdcenter is an approved provider in AL, AK, AR, CA, GA, IL, ME, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VI, VT, WA, WI, and WV. Credit may be applied for in other jurisdictions on request and in accordance with state MCLE rules.
Please note that because some states are changing their policy on CLE reporting, you will need to fill out the request for credit from Federal Publications Seminars within 10 business days, or we may not be able to issue credits for the program.
CLE Hours
This program is eligible for: 5.5 (60 minutes), (50 minutes)
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